Report: Steelers sign DC Butler to one-year extension


According to a report, the Steelers have given defensive coordinator Keith Butler a one-year contract extension.

The reliable Gerry Dulac, of the Post-Gazette, reported the news shortly before 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

Last week, several coaches, including offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner were fired.

Fowler adds that the plan for the 64-year-old Butler is to go year-to-year.

The Steelers maintained a top three defense during the season, forcing 27 takeaways, second only to Miami.

But with nearly 10 first round draft picks on the defense, there are those critical of Butler with the defense giving up big plays, at least once a game.

There are also problems on the defensive side including putting linebackers on the oppositions #1 receiver.

Missed tackles also helped the Browns pile on for a 48-37 first round win against the Steelers in the Wild Card round.

The offense didn’t help at all, but the defense did not play up to its normal standard.

To be fair, Butler and the Steelers defense did remain one of the best in the NFL after losing both linebackers Bud Dupree and Devin Bush to knee injuries, with Bush’s replacement Robert Spillane missing a fourth of the season due to his own knee injury.